answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

Gravity most definatley works on a Bowling ball as it goes down the lane. If gravity didn't affect it then the ball would go through the roof of the center. However the ball does not appear to slow down much because there is clear oil on the lane (in varying amounts) which allows the ball to skid across the lane without giving up a lot of speed.

The ball is rolled down the lane with enough force to allow it to gain momentum (a sort of gravity) and the lane is heavily waxed, so there is little resistence to slow it down. The ball will sometimes 'break', or hook to the left or right; this makes the ball go into the 'gutter' if your ball doesn't have enough momentum. If you notice, on the lane before and after the foul line, there are arrows that guide where you stand and where you aim your ball to guide it so that the ball will turn left or right to hit the left or the right of the #1 pin to get a strike.

Work is the force times the distance traveled in the direction of the force (vector multiplication). If the bowling alley is level, then as the ball moves it's distance from the center of the earth does not change. That is, it does not move at all in the direction of the force of gravity. Since the distance moved toward or against the force is zero, the work done is zero.

Force of gravity will not effect the bowling ball because the Normal Force is equal to the Force of gravity. Therefore canceling each other out. The forces on the bowling ball rolling down a bowling alley would be Applied Force and some Force of Friction.

Work (W) is defined in Physics as the Force (f) acting on an object times the distance (d) the object is moved by that Force, or W = fd

Since Force is mass times acceleration, and because the ball is on a surface that is perpendicular to the force exerted by gravity, the ball does not move vertically; there is no gravitational acceleration, hence no Force, so no Work is done by gravity.

User Avatar

Wiki User

9y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

By Newtonian mechanics,

W = F*d

Where W is the work performed, F is the force exerted, and d is the distance the object being worked upon moves.

Gravity in this case is dragging the bowling ball toward the center of the earth with a force of 9.8 m/s2. Since the ball is already on the ground, though, it doesn't move toward the center of the earth at all - only toward the end of the lane, which is in a path perpendicular to the pull of gravity.

Thus, the distance that gravity moves the ball is zero.

Plugging the numbers in,

W = (9.8 m/s2)*(0) = 0

and gravity does no work upon the ball once it is on the lane.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

Work is definied in Physics as the Force acting on an object times the distance the object is moved by that Force, or W = fd

Since Force is mass times acceleration (F=ma), and because the ball is on a surface that is perpendicular to the force exerted by gravity, there is no gravitational acceleration, hence no Force, so no Work is done by gravity.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

14y ago

Except for the downward drop from the initial release, the bowling ball is rolling horizontally as it covers the length of the lane. Gravity only affects velocity when there's a vertical component to the motion (whether upward or downward).

Friction is the main force affecting the speed and direction of a bowling ball. As it crosses from the oiled front part of the lane to the drier back end, the increased friction changes both the ball's direction (also known as its 'hook') as well as its speed. If the lane were long enough, or the ball thrown slowly enough, it would eventually grind to a stop.

In seeming defiance of the laws of physics, a ball thrown with a lot of spin and side roll can actually SPEED UP as it enters the dry part of the lane. That's because some of the energy from the ball's spin can be converted into additional energy for the rolling motion. If you watch big-hooking professional bowlers as they release the ball, you can see this happening for yourself.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

10y ago

Work = force x distance. The idea is that no force is applied to the ball - except for a small amount of force due to friction. Specifically, you don't apply a force to keep it moving - that's the ball's natural tendency, so it requires no force to do so.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

Work is definied in Physics as the Force acting on an object times the distance the object is moved by that Force, or W = fd

Since Force is mass times acceleration, and because the ball is on a surface that is perpendicular to the force exerted by gravity, there is no gravitational acceleration, hence no Force, so no Work is done by gravity.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

Strictly speaking, it moves with negative acceleration. The forces of friction and air resistance both act to slow the ball down. If the lane were long enough, the ball would eventually come to a complete stop.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

14y ago

It moves with negative acceleration because the friction from the surface is slowing it down.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

its motion is perpendicular to the direction of which the gravitational force acts on it.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Why doesn't the force of gravity change the speed of a bowling ball as it rolls along a bowling lane?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
magnify glass
imp
Related questions

How much are bowling shoe rentals?

Most bowling alleys will let you rent their bowling shoes for free along with the game(s) you are paying for.


If a bowling ball and a soccer ball are rolling along the ground at the same speed the bowling ball has more of this because its mass is greater?

Friction


A character who helps the plot along but isnt a major character and who doesnt change during the course of the story would be called a?

Static secondary character


How do you play Bowling?

That would take a lot of verbage to do. Click on the 'Rules of Bowling' link below to see the rules of the game along with links that will take you to more information about the game.


How big does an object have to be to have gravitational force?

every thing has a gravitational force, the more mass however will increase the force for instance if i dropped a bowling ball it will fall tward the earth rather than the earth falling to it, but if that bowling ball was in space and for some reason there was a marble floating along it would be pulled tward the bowling ball. if you get on youtube sometime there is this seires that steven Hawkins did and he talks about gravity a little. also look up carl segan videos (i like his videos better)


What forces apply to bobsledding?

gravity and friction along with inertia


What is the force that along with inertia keeps the planets in their orbits?

gravity


How can a roller coaster move along a track when it has no motor?

Gravity.


Why doesnt Triple H get along with vince?

In real life they do get along! In real life HHH is Vince's son-in-law.


In Which direction does force of gravity work?

In both directions along the line between the centers of the two masses that are being drawn together by gravity.


How do you stay on the surface of earth when it is rotating?

Gravity. And, we are moving right along with the surface.


What Planets revolve around the sun along what path because of gravity?

Elliptical